CAN IT BE? JULY THE 1st.. The Fourth of July is next Thursday!

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For July the 1st, we had thirty six (36) holidays to choose from.


Taa Daa! Thanks so very much to Danny 48073 who pointed out to me that, prior to this addition, I had completely “overlooked” Canada Day!

All those who celebrate Canada as their home and native land celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. The day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act, which consolidated three territories into the single nation of Canada, way back in 1867. That’s right — Canada celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017!

Until 1982, Canada celebrated Dominion Day as their national holiday. The day was then renamed ‘Canada Day.’ Unlike many other countries The history of Canada isn’t splattered with a ton of wars and bloodshed. Throughout the mid-1800s, the possibility of unification between the British North American colonies was discussed. On July 1, 1867, the British Parliament brought the British North America Act into effect, leading to the creation of independent Canada. The territories within the dominion consisted of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Through this act, Canada was divided into Quebec and Ontario, allowing provisions for neighboring colonies to join in the future. This is how present-day Canada came into formation. The British North America Act served as the constitution for Canada until 1982.

Dominion Day was established in 1879 but wasn’t celebrated by many Canadians, as they still identified themselves as British citizens. This changed on the 50th anniversary of the confederation in 1917, when Dominion Day started becoming more popular. A bill was forwarded in 1946 to rename Dominion Day, but the passing of the bill was stalled due to disagreement in the House of Commons over what the new name should be.


My mother was born in London, Ontario, Canada. She then traveled West with her family to Regina, Saskatchewan where she went to school and was basically “raised”. Her family returned to London, Ontario, and she attended the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she met my father and they were married in June of 1933. So “make no mistake”, yours truly is half Canadian.

So Thanks So Very Much Danny 48073 for “coaching me up”. Your Ally .. Cap

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Patti and I saw International Joke Day and wondered what it would be about?

International Joke Day falls on July 1.  Where would any of us be without jokes and laughter to brighten our spirits? It can help any situation. This July 1, we invite you to take some time out of your day to recognize the important job humor plays in keeping stress at bay, building relationships, and bringing levity to a world that badly needs it. And be sure not to confuse the purpose of International Joke Day with April Fools’ Day — the two couldn’t be further apart. July 1 is all about getting a grin out of your best friend, sharing a laugh on social media, and appreciating the stand up comics who have left us in stitches for decades.

Laughter is the best medicine, but did you know there’s scientific evidence to back that up? Studies have shown laughing has far reaching positive effects for the mind and body. It gives the immune system a boost by decreasing stress hormones, it improves heart health by increasing blood flow, and can even burn calories.

Telling a good joke is a lot harder than memorizing a few words. It takes timing, reading your audience, delivery, articulation, and experience. So, why not take this holiday as an opportunity to learn – and practice – a joke? Consider the context in which you might use it, practice the delivery, and test it out with your friends. If it floats, you’ve got a joke in your back pocket you can pull out at any awkward dinner party.

Today on July 1, try avoiding the news, and instead, read humor pieces in any of the country’s leading newspapers. Or, you can of course find the internet’s best comedy on sites like Reddit, Buzzfeed, The Onion, or any of your preferred sources. Who knows what could be accomplished if we all shared a good sidesplitting laugh, even if just for a day?


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Here is “Our Joke” for today! Should we have featured..

It sure made Patti and me smile! That’s the point of a joke!

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The next three Days are NO JOKE! We have a friend in Lake Havasu City, Arizona who is a postal carrier, so ..

National Postal Workers Day is observed each year on July 1. It celebrates and recognizes postal workers and the hard work they put in to ensure your mail and deliveries get to you smoothly and on time. Did you know that in the United States, postal workers walk an average of four to eight miles a day, delivering letters and packages to our doorsteps?

There are approximately 490,000 postal workers in the U.S. alone who diligently work to deliver mail. The Postal Service Act gave birth to the Post Office Department, which later became a cabinet-level department and was then transformed by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 into the United States Postal Service (USPS) as an independent agency. The USPS is authorized by the United States Constitution.

While the world may have embraced the advent of technology, postal services are still important for communication, especially in rural villages and small towns. The USPS is nothing without its postal workers who work hard to maintain the reputation and integrity of the institution they serve. Thus, National Postal Workers Day was established by the Seattle-area postal carriers to honor their fellow employees. These include but are not limited to service clerks who sell stamps and help people to pick up packages, mail sorters who physically sort mail to ensure they go to the correct addresses, the mail carriers who deliver the mail, and a vehicle operator who drives the vehicle carrying the mail.

This day also encourages people across the world to take a moment and appreciate their postal workers and express gratitude towards them. Sometimes, even in harsh conditions like extreme heat or cold, blizzards, rains, etc., they continue to ensure interrupted services. They are nothing short of everyday heroes and deserve our acknowledgment.

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Many, if not all of us, sure need these don’t we?

We’re celebrating National U.S. Postage Stamp Day on July 1, so get your envelopes ready. This means it’s time you write someone a letter or a post card and head to your nearest post office and mail it. Patti and I have a postal mail drop right in front of our Condo. On this day, we look back to 1847, when postage stamps were first introduced to the American public as a means to pay for their mail. We should also appreciate the ease with which we can send mail and packages these days; things have come a very long way.

Did you know that the postal service in the United States began with the delivery of  letters with no stamps? And the recipient had to pay for it, almost like getting a collect call from prison. Luckily, not long after, new systems and inventions started to streamline the process, and it became easier and cheaper to send mail. Private mail carriers carried things like pre-paid letters and provisional post offices, kind of like we now have special couriers that send more extensive packages. That culminated in a universal prepayment system that required all letters to bear nationally issued adhesive postage stamps to show that a letter or parcel had already been paid for, making the mailman and the recipient’s life much easier.

The United States government post office first issued adhesive postage stamps to the value of five and ten cents on July 1, 1847. And in 1855, the use of stamps was made mandatory. Initially, stamps would usually feature the face or bust of a former American president or another historically significant statesman. That all changed in the 1890s when the post office realized that selling stamps as collectibles could increase revenue. So, to make more money, it began issuing commemorative stamps in conjunction with important national expositions at first and then later for the anniversaries of significant national historical events.

Little is known about the origin or first official celebration of National U.S. Postage Stamp Day, but the day’s essence remains. It commemorates the day postage stamps were first issued in the United States and has for years honored the fact that we can now with ease send mail and parcels and pays homage to the thousands of mailmen and women in the country.

Start your own stamp collection. For years people have been collecting stamps and growing their own archives of unique artwork created for sending mail. Why not start your own? There are millions of different stamps worldwide that you can buy, exchange, and add to your collection. Some stamps are created for just about any field of interest, from butterflies to baseball to American first ladies. You can even buy a beautiful book in which to house these stamps so you can keep them in good condition if you want to hand them over to a loved one someday.

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ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan.

In the United States, there are approximately 41,683 ZIP codes. Each year, there are around 5,000 changes made to ZIP codes, which include eliminating old ones and creating new ones.

ZIP Code Day is celebrated annually on July 1. The Post Office Department introduced the ZIP code July the 1st 1963. They rolled out a publicity campaign that featured Mr. Zip, encouraging people to use the new codes. Another element of the campaign included mailing more than 72,000,000 postcards to let people know about their new ZIP code.

At this point in our lives, a ZIP code may seem like a normal thing to have, but there was a time when it did not exist. It was London and Liverpool in England that were the first cities to be divided into designated ZIP code sectors. However, by the end of World War I, this system began making its way all across the world. In different countries, it might be known by different names, though, such as postal code or pin code. Some counties do not use a postal code at all, however, such as the Bahamas, Botswana, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Mauritius, Yemen, to name a few.

The ZIP code or the zone improvement plan system only came to the United States in the early 1960s. The idea behind introducing it was to help in speedy mail travel. It was observed that mail was moving more efficiently when there were ZIP codes added to the final address. The usage of a ZIP code has now gone beyond its initial purpose and includes collecting geographical statistics, credit card authorization, internet routing, identification of legislative districts, insurance-related works, and more. The term ‘ZIP code’ was first registered by the United States Postal Service. Since 1967, the post office has made it mandatory to use ZIP codes for bunk mailers.

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Patti and I are still smiling about the Dog House Repair Month!

We don’t know about you all but we were “curious” so we checked it out.

During Dog House Repair Month in July, make it a point to upgrade the dog house built for your four-legged friend! If you don’t have the funds to buy a new dog house, you can even construct one from scratch, or simply add more features to the existing dog house. Yes, this is super important since the summertime can be tough on outdoor dogs, and they need to have a place that can provide them with shade and water. So put your thinking caps on and come up with creative ideas to improve your dog house design. Trust us, your dog will forever be grateful to you!

But where did this idea of creating a house for dogs come from? The first building that was made for a dog was a tombstone that dates back to 2589–2566 B.C. in Egypt. According to historic sources, Egyptians also created dog houses in the form of mud huts to provide shade to hunting dogs. From thereon, the typical dog house evolved. Today, dog houses have fans, food bowls, water bowls, and other additions that are formulated to provide dogs with a comfy life.

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Still Smiling! Cap and Patti

Did we “over do” July the 1st?

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